With a growing number of health, safety and environmental regulations and directives in force today, coupled with a growing social responsibility to look after our environment, it is vital to seek expert help to ensure compliance and best practice.
Pressures of Complex Legislation
Environmental legislation and management systems have become increasingly complex: understanding and implementing them is a profession in itself, and a minefield for the inexperienced to navigate.
Employing the services of environmental consultants can alleviate some of this pressure, leaving you to focus on running the other elements of your project.
Consultants can assist a variety of customers, and the advice and information provided depends on the particular risks to the project concerned.
For agricultural holdings, reports can be produced to advise on archaeological sites, sensitive habitats and rights of way.
Commercial clients may be more concerned with current regulatory compliance, risks to the environment related to the proposed activities and flood risks.
For clients with large-scale residential projects, it may be more important to report on flood risks, proximity to large industrial projects (such as HS2) and ground instability.
Air quality regulations are continuously evolving and may impact on the value of a property to be purchased or may place restrictions on the use of such property, making it unsuitable for purchase. A professional will keep on top of the latest legislative developments and be able to advise on suitable and appropriate management systems to ensure continued compliance throughout a project, in addition to compliance in initial project design.
Energy and infrastructure projects, such as HS2, Crossrail, fracking and wind farms, can have significant impacts on the environment and local projects. A consultant is able to appraise these large-scale projects and advise on the risks presented to the client’s project.
When purchasing a property, either in a commercial capacity or residential, highways are of particular interest. It is important to understand any rights of way that impinge on the property, any ownership of highways and any proposed highways works that may affect the value or enjoyment of the property.
For existing enterprises, audits can be undertaken to ascertain current compliance and, if necessary, advise on improvements to environmental management techniques to ensure current and continued compliance with regulations and future developments.
In addition to environmental audits and advice, consultants may also be able to assist with health and safety audits and compliance reviews.
Other clients could include:
Real estate managers – managing investment funds and requiring the information to make rapid investment decisions.
Conveyancers – requiring information and advice in order to present clients with due-diligence reports.
Housing associations – decisions must be made based on sound information as the client is accountable for such decisions.
Pension providers – pension plans must be cost-effective and yet provide the customer with a high level of service. Portfolios must be managed to maximise value and manage risk carefully.
Developers – they need to understand the complex legislation and directives around water quality, air quality, restrictive covenants on land and impending developments in the local area.
Ultimately, employing an environmental consultant can ensure compliance with the latest legislation, appreciation of local developments affecting the project and protection the local environment.